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  • Ford's 5-millionth EcoBoost-equipped vehicle

    The 5-millionth EcoBoost-equipped vehicle to roll off assembly lines marks a significant milestone for Ford.

  • BMW turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine
    Conventional Gasoline Engines A Minority In 2 Years? Not So Fast...

    Progress must be coming at a much faster pace than we thought: Conventional gasoline engines will power only a minority of the new cars sold just two years hence, according to a new report. That means more than half the vehicles sold will have hybrid, diesel, natural gas, or plug-in electric...

  • 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost
    2015 Ford Mustang With EcoBoost Four Recalled For Fuel-System Fix

    The 2015 Ford Mustang not only includes V-6 and V-8 models, per longstanding tradition, but also a new turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost version. Now, the first four-cylinder Mustang in more than 20 years is being recalled to inspect and fix a possible issue with its fuel system. DON'T MISS: 2015...

  • 54.5 MPG CAFE standard for 2025
    Hybrids, Electrics Not Needed To Reach 54.5 MPG In 2025: Industry Exec

    For some companies in the auto industry, building cars to hit a target of 54.5 mpg by 2025 may seem like a near-impossible task. But to others, the EPA's Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets agreed in 2011 aren't simply achievable by that date, but could be reached today--and with today's...

  • Honda Fit engineering mule  -  previewing future 1.5 DI engine and CVT  -  Tochigi, Japan,  11/2012
    Next-Gen 2015 Honda Fit Getting More Efficient DI Engine, CVT

    If you shop strictly by the EPA numbers today, the 2013 Honda Fit probably won't be among the top subcompacts you cross-shop. The current Fit's federal ratings, of 28 mpg city, 35 highway with the five-speed automatic, or just 27/33 mpg with the five-speed manual, aren't exactly at the top of the...

  • 2012 Subaru Impreza
    Subaru Motion-V Plan Calls For 30 Percent Gas Mileage Boost By 2015

    Subaru has taken heed of customer complaints that its lineup wasn’t as efficient as those of its competitors, making its latest generation 2012 Impreza return an impressive 27/36 mpg city/highway gas mileage. Not only is the car still offered with the extra safety of all-wheel drive as...

  • Mazda SKYACTIV-G 1.3 direct-injection gasoline engine

    The 2011 Mazda2 is already one of the most fun small cars on the market, sharing its platform with Ford's Fiesta. It's pretty economical too, but with Mazda's next generation of gasoline engine, it'll become very efficient indeed. The 1.3-liter Skyactiv-G unit soon to be found in the Mazda2 gets 30 kilometers per liter on Japan's 10-15 mode test cycle. That's just over 70 miles per gallon, with no diesel nor hybrid system in sight. EPA figures are usually 10-20 percent below that of Japanese tests, but even considering that, a worst-case 56 mpg doesn't seem too bad to us. Behind the...

  • 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan
    New Chrysler Engine To Burn Gas And Diesel--At The Same Time

    You probably drive a gasoline car. And surely you've heard of cars with diesel engines. But how about a car with an engine that burns both fuels, at the same time? That's what Chrysler is working on, it turns out, funded in part with research dollars from the U.S. Department of Energy. Author Mike...

  • 2012 Hyundai Accent
    2012 Hyundai Accent: 40 MPG For $12,445

    The brand new 2012 Hyundai Accent isn’t set to go on sale until summer but the car made its official U.S. debut this past week at the 2011 New York Auto Show so we now have all the juicy details--the juiciest being its 40 mpg fuel economy for just $12,445. If you’re confused as to how...

  • 2010 Kia Soul
    Kia Doubles Down On Smaller Engines, Plans Soul Convertible

    Kia has some major plans in the pipeline, with the introduction of new hybrid models, a brand new Rio hatchback and range of downsized engines combining turbocharging and direct fuel injection technologies. And, with every new model introduction, Kia has been downsizing its engines--without any...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK
    U.S. Gas Is Too Dirty For Our Best Engines, Mercedes-Benz Says

    We rarely think about what's in our gasoline when we fill the tank, but carmakers have to. Mercedes-Benz has just launched a new direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine in its 2012 SLK model, with an innovative "lean burn" mode that will also be used on a smaller four-cylinder engine. The "Stratified"...

  • 2012 Buick Verano
    GM Enters Compact Luxury Segment With 2012 Buick Verano

    While the styling of Buick’s new compact sedan has been known for some time now (a version of the car was unveiled last year in China as the Excelle GT), we finally get a look at the North American model, which will be making its official debut next week at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Set to...

  • Toyota logo

    Toyota is the latest automaker to announce it’s headed down the downsized engine path as it strives for improved fuel economy, following the likes of Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai, all of which have announced similar plans in the recent past. Toyota has long been the champion of hybrid technology but even it has been lured by the relatively low cost and effectiveness of downsized engines featuring direct injection and turbocharging technologies. The information was revealed by the automaker’s R&D chief and one of the key men behind the Prius, Takeshi Uchiyamada, who spoke...

  • fuel injectors, photo by Transonic
    Startup Transonic Injects Supercritical Fuel For 30% MPG Rise

    The principles of the gasoline engine have chugged along for a century now without much change. The last big evolutions were variable valve timing and the switch to fuel injection from carburetors. Now a flurry of innovations to boost fuel efficiency is in the pipeline. One of them comes from a...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
    Special Brands for Small Turbo Engines: GM To Follow Ford?

    Used to be that turbos were used in performance cars, from the Saab Turbos of the late Seventies to BMW's current range of twin-turbo sixes. These days, the little air pumps more often make smaller engines perform like bigger ones to give fuel economy. In brief, a turbocharger uses exhaust gases to...

  • 2010 Ford F-150
    Smaller-More-Efficient Engines II: Ford EcoBoost Effort Expands

    We said it on Friday: Smaller, more efficient engines are going to be the main way we increase gas mileage in the next few years (in that case, a four-cylinder 2010 Buick LaCrosse). This morning, Ford has underlined that theme once more by announcing three new applications of their EcoBoost engines...

  • 2010 Buick LaCrosse
    Smaller-More-Efficient-Engine Example: 2010 Buick LaCrosse

    Sure, hybrids and electric cars are great, but they sell in small numbers. The way most cars will meet newer, more aggressive fuel-economy rules is by making engines smaller and more efficient. Case in point: the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, a midsize sedan now offered with a 2.4-liter direct-injected...

  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata First Drive
    Fuel Efficient Fours Gain Ground on V-6s, V-8s In New Cars

    At December's Los Angeles Auto Show, Hyundai made a big splash by saying it would no longer offer V-6 engines in its Sonata midsize car or its Tucson compact crossover. Instead, it replaced them with higher-performance, more fuel-efficient four-cylinder motors. But Hyundai's just one of many makers...

  • 2011 Ford Focus

    Coming off the successful launch of its 2011 Ford Fiesta subcompact at last month's Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford is following up with its even more important 2012 Ford Focus compact. This will be the first complete redesign of the North American Focus in more than a decade, and at last U.S. buyers will enjoy the crisp, stylish Focus designs that Europeans have relished for so long. Ours, however, will be far better equipped--at a lower price--than the European edition. Both markets will start production late this year, with the first Focus models reached dealers early in 2011. Sold as a...

  • 2010 Hyundai Tucson
    Hyundai: No More V6s For Midsize Cars or Compact Crossovers

    One of the standouts among the global carmakers at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show was Hyundai. The Korean company has seen its market share rise from 3 to 4 percent during a dismal downturn, even without any new volume models to spur excitement. Now, with its Los Angeles launch of the 2010 Tucson...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
    2011 Chevrolet Cruze Compact Car Launch Delayed Til Next Fall

    As U.S. carmakers get serious about building world-class compact cars, one of the most eagerly awaited entries is the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, which will face off against a totally new 2012 Ford Focus as well as revised models of the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Nissan Sentra. Now reports say that...

  • gas pump
    OMG: Gas Mileage Is More Important Than Cupholders, Say Buyers

    Car sales may have plunged to their lowest per-capita level in decades, but for the green-minded among us, there's some good news: Fuel economy is now more important to car buyers than are cupholders. That's one piece of data gleaned from a lengthy survey of car buyers by the big accounting firm...

  • 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible
    Will the 2011 Ford Mustang Get An EcoBoost Engine Too?

    We always enjoy talking cars with the opinionated Alex Nunez from Autoblog, most recently last week when we both appeared on FoxNews.com's Fox Car Report with dapper host Gary Gastelu. This week's guest was Derrick Kuzak, who heads up global product development for Ford. Meaning he's the guy...

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